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3 Cheap but Awesome Winter Fragrances for Men

Updated on July 18, 2016

3 Great Colognes for Men For Under $40.00

In an increasingly materialistic world, an item’s worth or value is measured by its cost. The world of men’s fragrances is no exception. How many knuckle heads do you know run out and buy the latest and greatest designer fragrances based on nothing more than price?

Now don’t get me wrong, some of the world’s best colognes for men are rather pricey. I’m here to tell you there is a cheap but awesome cologne for you.

In the Scent Bro’s world, cheap doesn’t always mean of low value or quality, look at me, I’m one of the cheapest people you’ll ever meet but my quality is as high as the value and quality of my scent collection.

Rochas Man by Rochas
Rochas Man by Rochas

1-Rochas Man for Men-Released back when we were all partying, in 1999, Rochas Man in its somewhat suggestive bottle hit the dating circles.

This sweet smelling concoction reminds me sugary coffee.

If a sweet smelling cologne isn’t your thing, keep it moving, however, if a sweet seductive cologne for a real man that get compliments out the wazoo interests you, keep reading.

I wear Rochas Man primarily in the winter due to its heavy nature. This cologne is great for dates (as long as said date isn’t to a coffee shop) thanks to the exciting notes which include:

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender
  • Middle Notes: Cappuccino, Jasmine, Lilly of the Valley, Raspberry, Virginia Cedar
  • Middle Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Rochas Man is known for its great Longevity, Projection and Price

Clinique Happy for Men
Clinique Happy for Men

2-Happy Cologne for Men by Clinique-Another 1999 release, Happy is a cologne for those who are in love citrus notes.

This is the perfect cologne to wear when your lady friend is down in the dumps thanks to the uplifting nature of citrus.

Contrary to what the bros tell you, it’s cool to be there for her every once in a while.

Forever will you stay in her mind as the guy that always made her smile when there was nothing to smile about.

The intense citrus opening and floral heart or middle notes cries out to be your next signature scent.

Happy achieves this greatness thanks to:

  • Top Notes: Green Notes, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin Orange, Sea Notes
  • Middle Notes: Freesia Jasmine, Lilly of the Valley, Rose
  • Base Notes: Cedar, Cypress, Guaiac Wood, Musk

In addition to a nice pick me up for all involved, I’ve had great success using this cologne as a bar/club scent that has helped me stand out in the crowd.

A bar or club scent is one that’s powerful enough to compete with the smells such places produce such as cig smoke or that unenlightened kid who just came through the door drenched in Acqua Di Gio or sprayed down with a Crappy Axe Body Spray

Happy brings great projection, sillage and longevity to the table for a very reasonable price. Thanks to its age, you may not find this scent on a lot of other guys making for a perfect stand out scent for you.

Hanae Mori for Men by Hanae Mori
Hanae Mori for Men by Hanae Mori

3-Hanae Mori for Men by Hanae Mori – Hitting the shelves in 1997, HM, a fresh citrus cologne for men is one of the most complimented multi-purpose fragrances in my collection thanks to its notes which include:

  • Top Notes: Black Currant, Green Notes, Lavender, Lemon
  • Middle Notes: Freesia, Iris, Jasmine, Rose
  • Base Notes: Amber, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Virginia Cedar

By now you probably have noticed my The Top 3 Cheap but Awesome Fragrances for Men have a few things in common.

  • These fragrances for men are best worn in the wintertime due to their heavier natures which is advantageous as we’re coming up on the winter season in the northern hemisphere

  • Winter is a season in which our moods tend to drop a little due to the shorter days.
  • Each of these colognes is citrus based with coffee/chocolate notes.

Notes which are known to be uplifting in the case of the citrus elements and highly sought after by women in the form of the chocolate like notes.

That says a lot about the fragrance. It also says that while popular, colognes like these may not be popular with the younger set(giving you a better chance of standing out in a crowd) or long forgotten by folks in an older play group.

There’s nothing like a whiff of long forgotten top fragrance to bring back great memories. Memories of a time when most of us didn't have a lot to worry about other than things like maybe grades.

Finding yourself associated with a great memory from great times couldn't be bad could it? It couldn't hurt!


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      Alexey 2 years ago

      Cologne experts in here plesae ?I'm looking for a cologne that's appropriate for the office/work place business casual (my job is very liberal with their dress code).Something masculine not feminine. Not too strong or overpowering but can last long most of the day.I've heard these names thrown around:Armani codeKenneth Cole ReactionKenneth Cole BlackWhat's the difference between Black and Reaction?Macy's got some sales going on because of fathers day I wanna pick up a set of something before they run out.Any suggestions?